Bid farewell the Springtime of November and welcome the Summer festivities of December. Melbourne continues to offer a number of free activities that the whole family can enjoy! From vegan markets to cultural festivities to the Big Bash League opening weekend, there's sure to be something for you and your family to do. There are also loads of free Christmas events around Melbourne. Don't forget the New Year's Eve fireworks. Get ready for a fun-filled month in one of the busiest cities in Australia.
The Vegan Market of Melbourne, formerly known as the Vegan Mini Market, is said to be the best thing for one's body and soul. Some of Melbourne's vegan pop-up stores will be present with a selection of tasty and ethical vegan produce and products. YAY! Foods, Larrykin Dog Treats, Chubby Cheeks Ice Cream and Velvety alongside others will also showcase vegan products and produce in a different light. There will be live entertainment, free workshops and children's activities on the day to complement the stalls. For more information, visit the website.
The Women's Big Bash League brings all the action of cricket together with some of the best cricketers worldwide and plenty of family fun. All eight clubs will be playing over two days running so don't miss your chance to get behind your some of your home favourites from the Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegade, as well as some of the biggest names in cricket from around the world.
On Saturday, see the Scorchers take on the Hurricanes, and the Stars take the Sixers in the second game. On Sunday, see the Strikers take on the Heat, and the Renegades take the Thunder in the last game.
The fun doesn't end there as the CitiPower Centre at Junction Oval will be converted into the ultimate summer fair with entertainment which comprises of a Bounce Inc. Zone, loads of food trucks, live music, plenty of giveaways and the chance to meet WBBL and BBL superstars! For more information, visit the website.
The World Rice Festival arrives in Melbourne this December after showcasing in Sydney. Organised by NXF Media, the event will share the untold stories about rice as a key staple of worldwide cuisine and showcase some producer destinations which you may have never heard of. Come along and join in the celebration of diversity and multicultural ethnicity through the art of cuisine, drinks and musical performances at the lower terrace of Birrarung Marr. For more details, visit the website.
If you're keen on having a good laugh (or a few), head over to North Melbourne to enjoy some of the best comedians from Melbourne and all-around Australia. From newbies giving it their best shot, to the professionals just trying out some new stuff, these Friday nights are sure to have you cracking up! Want to try out your comedian skills or are just feeling funny? Sign up at 7pm on the night to perform as this is the perfect place to bring your friends and try comedy! For more details and to register your FREE tickets, visit the website.
The largest annual African festival in Australia, the African Music and Cultural Festival showcases a spectacular range of lively music, dance, a variation of art, cultural performances and authentic cuisines from the continent. It is also one of the most popular ethnic and cultural festivals in Melbourne.
Be prepared to be whisked away to the culture-rich country of Africa through this free one-day event at Federation Square. It offers a day out for the family with entertainment including cultural performances, fashion shows, artists with traditional costumes, and the ever-popular African drums. All of which contribute to the day being a memorable and special experience which promotes diversity and understanding of African culture in Melbourne. For more details, visit the website.
A perfect day for the family and those who love furry friends organised by Dogs Victoria. You can bring your pup out and meet other dog lovers. There will be a range of activities for both the dogs and for the kids including breed displays, dog sport demonstrations, dog shows, kids activities, lucky draws and even a Canine Christmas Market. Visit the website for more details.
Time: 10.30am to 4pm
Venue: KCC Park
Address: 655 Westernport Highway, Skye VIC 3977
Phone: 03 9788 2500
The Tarneit Night Market supports local businesses and offers a range of delicious foods, artisan crafts, music and lots more. Take advantage of the summer evening with family and friends and enjoy a showcase of some of the best local crafts. You can have a taste of varied cuisines and enjoy the free entertainment on the grounds of the Penrose Community Centre. There will also be a Moonlight Cinema presented by Wyndham Youth Services with screenings commencing at 8.30pm. There is plenty to do in Wyndham so combine your evening with a day out in the area. For more details, visit the website.
Time: 6pm 9pm
Venue: Penrose Community Centre
Address: 83 Penrose Promenade, Tarneit, VIC 3029
Phone: 03 8734 1346
Head over to the Whitehorse Civic Centre for some Christmas fun this December. Alongside Santa's arrival, there will be an abundance of amazing performers including the ever-popular Rob Mills, Verity Hunt-Ballad, the Blackburn High School Senior Jazz Orchestra, the Australian Girls' Choir and the Combined Churches of North Blackburn. The entire concert will be AUSLAN interpreted with a dedicated stage viewing area at stage left with interpreters on the big screen throughout the night. You can also keep an eye out for Santa and his elves from 4.30pm to snap some photos. For more information, visit the website. There are lots more FREE Christmas events around Melbourne to enjoy. Simply click here to read more.